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Escape to the Heights: A Day Trip to Highlands, North Carolina from Anderson, South Carolina

Updated: Jan 11


Nestled in the scenic beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, Highlands, North Carolina, offers a perfect retreat for those seeking a day of serenity and natural wonders. Just a short drive from Upstate South Carolina, this charming town boasts a unique blend of mountainous landscapes, boutique shops, and fine dining. Join us on a day trip to Highlands, where adventure and relaxation await.


Dry Falls Highlands NC, A day trip away from Anderson, SC
Dry Falls

Morning Adventure:

Start your day early and make your way from Upstate South Carolina to Highlands, North Carolina. The drive itself is a picturesque journey through winding roads, lush greenery, and scenic views. As you ascend into the mountains, you'll feel a sense of tranquility enveloping you.


Highlands NC

Upon arriving in Highlands, kickstart your morning with a visit to Sunset Rock. This stunning overlook provides panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, offering a breathtaking sunrise experience. Take a leisurely hike to the summit and breathe in the crisp mountain air while marveling at the vastness of the landscape.


Downtown Highlands NC and Old Edwards Inn is a great day trip from Anderson, SC
Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Midday Exploration:

After your morning adventure, head downtown to explore the charming streets of Highlands. The town is known for its upscale boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops. Stroll along Main Street and indulge in some retail therapy, discovering unique treasures and locally crafted items.


For lunch, choose from the town's diverse culinary scene. Highlands offers a range of dining options, from cozy cafes to upscale restaurants. Consider trying a local favorite or opting for a farm-to-table experience, enjoying fresh and seasonal ingredients. Madison's at the Old Edwards Inn is not to be missed for a dining experience.


Old Edwards Inn is a favorite of Realtor David Locke

Afternoon Retreat:

For a relaxing afternoon, visit the Bascom Center for the Visual Arts. This cultural hub features ever-changing exhibitions, artist studios, and beautifully landscaped gardens. Take a leisurely walk through the art-filled grounds, appreciating the creativity inspired by the mountainous surroundings.


If you're a fan of waterfalls, a visit to Dry Falls and Bridal Veil Falls is a must. A short drive from downtown Highlands, this magnificent waterfall allows you to walk behind the cascading water—an exhilarating experience that brings you up close to nature's beauty.


Bridal Veil Falls in Highlands, NC
Drive Under Bridal Veil Falls


Evening Delights:

As the day winds down, treat yourself to a delightful dinner at one of Highlands' renowned restaurants. Many establishments offer a cozy ambiance and a diverse menu showcasing the best of regional cuisine. Savor your meal while reflecting on the day's adventures and the beauty of the Highlands. Realtor, David Locke's favorite for dinner is Ristorante Paoletti and Madisons at Old Edward's.


Before heading back to Upstate South Carolina, consider a twilight stroll around Mirror Lake, located in the heart of Highlands. The reflection of the surrounding mountains on the tranquil waters creates a serene atmosphere, making it the perfect way to conclude your day trip. Or make your trip a weekend with a stay at the World Class Old Edwards Inn a favorite of Realtor David Locke and his family.


Old Edweads Inn in Highlands, NC is a great get away from Greenville, SC
Interior of Old Edwards Inn

Highlands, North Carolina, provides a delightful escape for those in Upstate South Carolina seeking a day surrounded by nature, art, and culinary delights. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, an art lover, or a foodie, this charming town offers a perfect blend of activities to create lasting memories. Plan your day trip and experience the enchanting allure of Highlands. For more information contact your relocation specialist, Realtor, David Locke with Locke and Key Associates in Anderson, SC.


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